Tomi Stefanovski

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Tomi Stefanovski is a Macedonian long distance swimmer. He competed on the FINA Open Water Circuit between 1997 and 2016. He has been inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. [1]

The Macedonians, also known as Macedonian Slavs, Slavic Macedonians, or Slavo-Macedonians, are a South Slavic ethnic group native to the region of Macedonia. They speak the Macedonian language, a South Slavic language. About two thirds of all ethnic Macedonians live in North Macedonia and there are also communities in a number of other countries.

FINA international sport governing body

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Early in his career Stafanovski played water polo. [1] After retiring from this sport he began competing in long distance open water swimming. [2] He competed in his first FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in 1997.

Water polo ballgame-team sport played in water by teams competing to put the ball into the opponents goal

Water polo is a competitive team sport played in the water between two teams. The game consists of four quarters in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into the opposing team's goal. The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins the match. Each team is made up of six field players and one goalkeeper. Except for the goalkeeper, players participate in both offensive and defensive roles. Water polo is typically played in an all-deep pool meaning that players cannot touch the bottom.

In 2009 Stefanovski swam across the English channel. [3]

English Channel Arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates southern England from northern France

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In 2013 Stefanovski won the race across Lac St Jean. [4]

Lac Saint-Jean lake in Quebec, Canada

Lac Saint-Jean is a large, relatively shallow lake in south-central Quebec, Canada, in the Laurentian Highlands. It is situated 206 kilometres north of the Saint Lawrence River, into which it drains via the Saguenay River. It covers an area of 1,053 km2 (407 sq mi), and is 63.1 m (207 ft) at its deepest point. Its name in the Innu language is Piekuakami.

In 2014 Stefanovski participated in both long and short distance swims, and in both cold and warm waters. He won the Lac St Jean marathon (32 km) in Canada, [5] [6] came third in the Parana marathon (88 km) in Argentina, and also completed the Santa Fe (56 km) and Rosario (20 km) marathons in Argentina, the Capri-Napoli marathon (36 km) in Italy, the Ohrid marathon (30 km) in Macedonia, the Magog marathon in Canada, and the Cancun marathon (15 km) in Mexico. His Grand Prix Final Ranking that year was second place.

In 2015 Stefanovski swam in third place in the Ohrid Marathon; [7] in 2016 he won that race. [8] After placing third in the Lac St. Jean race [9] and seventh in Italy, he was tied for first place in the 2016 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix circuit with Edoardo Stochino of Italy [10]

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